Transference

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Jan 19, 2010
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Transference is the victim of an unfortunate irony--the more honed, the less it cuts.
  2. Lyrically, Daniel is more vulnerable than on previous efforts--transference being a part of psychoanalysis--but not enough that he takes many new creative turns.
  3. Mojo
    60
    But there is nothing here that will leap out of the speakers to entice the unconverted, despite the Weezer-like spod-rock of Fot Nuffin and Trouble's garage pop stomp. [Feb 2010, p. 92]
  4. Even Spoon's nice sounding (albeit always obtuse) lyrics can't make up for the generally flat music here, and with Transference, Spoon's undeniable swagger has taken a considerable hit.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 101 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jul 31, 2016
    9
    DO NOT sleep on this amazing album. Some fans pass it off as one of the weaker records in the band's discography. True Spoon fans know it'sDO NOT sleep on this amazing album. Some fans pass it off as one of the weaker records in the band's discography. True Spoon fans know it's really a beautifully raw masterpiece. Often overlooked in the strong year that was 2010, "Transference" offers so much more than meets the eye, and it definitely took me many listens before I really came to love it. This album is anything but weak. A "would-be" top album for many modern rock bands. Full Review »
  2. Aug 16, 2015
    10
    Upon release, the level of "not as good as (insert older Spoon album)" reviews was nearly criminal. And now, five years on, it stands as aUpon release, the level of "not as good as (insert older Spoon album)" reviews was nearly criminal. And now, five years on, it stands as a more direct glimpse into the chaotic mind of Britt Daniel that was sadly overlooked by many. 9.5/10 Full Review »
  3. j30
    Feb 1, 2012
    8
    If you were expecting another Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga then this will be a huge disappointment for you. The first time I listened to Transference I hadIf you were expecting another Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga then this will be a huge disappointment for you. The first time I listened to Transference I had to take a step back (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga still remains my favorite Spoon album) and reexamine everything they had done to this point. This record just makes sense at this point in their career. Their 7th studio album was not only produced by themselves, half of the tracks are in their demo form, giving the record a more personable, home studio feel. Full Review »